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Unformatted text preview: I1MBAS12 What Do You Think About The Prince My reaction to Machiavelli’s The Prince was slightly polarized. The first half of the book was along the lines of a how-to book for new leaders covering a myriad of subjects from military affairs to governing different types of provinces. Although many of the opinions he expressed can be considered calculating and cold, overall I mostly agreed with Machiavelli’s viewpoints. In fact, I felt that many of his “lessons” boiled down to common sense or merely descriptions of human nature. For instance, “in troubled times, when the State has need of its citizens, few of them are to be found” (p.26) is an adequate summation of humankind’s natural tendency to avoid danger and not to act in an overly foolhardy or brave way. Throughout the book, there are many other apt descriptions of politics and political behavior. Perhaps during his time, these ideas were novel and that it is only because we are so far beyond Machiavelli’s era that his views seem...
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This note was uploaded on 03/07/2012 for the course MAN 5141 taught by Professor Tosi during the Spring '12 term at University of Florida.
- Spring '12
- The Prince, Machiavelli